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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Blonde Ale

O.G. 1.085
76.92 IBU

(Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 06-23-2011)
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2011 03:57:44 | More by PEIhop
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-22-2014 17:11:56 | More by afsdan
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-30-2013 21:06:57 | More by harpus
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-01-2012 23:44:04 | More by Zaphog
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-07-2012 04:58:38 | More by tobelerone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and lace. Aromas of citrus and pine waft from the bottle the second it is opened. Sweet toffee and caramel malt backbone hold this one up quite well. Taste is citrus and pine up front, sweet caramel and burnt sugar pop in for a second somewhere in the middle. The hops take over the finish and dance for a second with a touch of ethanol. The malty sweetness is almost approaching maibock here but the hops are powerful enough to keep that in check. Medium body and level of carbonation. Resinous and sweet sticky mouthfeel. This is nice, I liked it. It's a bit different, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:24:32 | More by johnnnniee
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bark

Sweden

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold-pale amber (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two figner head slowly sinks down leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth. Malty flavours of French loaf and a touch of honey. Do I notice a hint of vanilla? Toffee and some earthy notes. Citric flavours of bitter oranges and orange marmalade. The bitterness is in the level of an APA and balanced. Still it is somewhat sharp, maybe the alcohol gives that sharpness?

The taste is at first velvety sweet with notes of toffee. Then, elegant bitter hops kicks in with notes of tangerines and bitter oranges. Then, the taste becomes luxuriously balanced with ripe red fruits, cookie-like sweetness and hints of green fruits. The aftertaste is elegant and lush with silk-smooth sweetness, hints of balancing bitterness and exotic fruits. The finish is, again, smooth.

The carbonation is mild, the mid-sized bubbles are just there to keep the beer from being flat. The liquid is sticky and somewhat thick.

A very luxurious beer, and at the time dangerously drinkable. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 19:09:57 | More by bark
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$4.95 for the 22oz bottle. Bottled the 187th day of 2013 which is July 6th.

A- it pours a clear copper with a 2 finger head of foam.(served cool not cold) It looks to have some good lacing.

S- I get loads of bread and caramel malt in the nose. The label says this clocks in at 76.92 IBUs. I don't get any hop aroma but it's not unusual for the style and the DIPA style to have the hops kind of hidden.

T- before I get to the taste, I have to mention how thickish and syrupy the beer is upon first taste.
This is very sweet with notes of bread but there's a hop presence that I'd say was oily/resiny that adds a bit of light bitterness, maybe not enough or...this is an Old Ale style so I'm not turned off by the lack of bitterness.

M- thick, creamy bordering on syrup like, there's not a lot of carbonation going on for being this fresh. Cellaring would cut down the carbo even more so I guess I'll drink them when they are fresh.

O- A pretty tasty example of the style and I'll have another, please. A good price helps. ;^)

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 23:48:51 | More by Bitterbill
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber, half finger white head that slowly dissipated into a ring and nice lacing. Great aroma of herbal and piney hops, light malt and tropical fruit. Flavor is nice sweet and caramel malt, light fruit, brown sugar. Nice hop kick at the end. Very well integrated and balanced. I'm not sure this a traditional alt, but it tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:59:39 | More by LiquidAmber
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with ".alt" printed very small next to the Lucky 13 text -- by the way, this is NOT an Altbier, it's a Strong Ale. And at $4.99 for the bottle, why not!

A: Orange / copper body that is absolutely killer crystal clear. Holy hell that's filtered really well. Slightly off-white bubbly and foamy head with a really nice retention cap and wonderful lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hop notes overpower any other secondary flavors at first. The hop profile opens up and brings through some orange zest, pink grapefruit and peach. A very faint malt note creeps in towards the back end of the aroma, but not enough to give it a balancing malt base.

T: A really balanced citrus and sap hop bite is up front, followed by some really great citrus fruits - mango and pink grapefruit. The finish is full of pine needles that stick around and last well into the linger, very tasty.

M: Somewhat low carbonation but a nice feeling body without being thick. Sticky and a bit dry in the finish to linger. Not bad but I'd prefer a tad more carbonation on this one.

Overall, this was a really pleasant and enjoyable beer. At such a great price, I'll definitely be grabbing more of these before they're gone for good!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 13:05:30 | More by ShanePB
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So they brewed a double Altbier eh?
Poured into my Rogue pint glass.

A - huh not as dark as I expected more of a amber brown like a DIPA with an impressive full inch of semi-sticky white head.

S - From the bottle an aggressive bit of pine and citrus hit the nose, oh my. In the glass a little more sweet malts and caramel come through on the back end, but a very aggressive citrus can't wait to sip!

T - Ow man that's balanced, you get a strong pine that rounds to a citrus zest of hops then it leads toward a bready like malt, almost cracker like, and finishes with a smooth caramel/toffee sweetness that leaves a sweet feeling on the tongue. Man thats good.

M - Medium bodied indeed but scary drinkable. I like how the bitterness doesn't become too aggressive leaving a sweet/clean finish.

Overall I like this the same if not more than the regular 13, and since I can't seem to find anymore 13 right now I best grab a couple more bottles of this before it's gone.

Well done guys!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:01:04 | More by DrDemento456
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light coppery amber in color with a half finger high off white head that has good retention and never completely faded away.

Aromas begin with a moderately strong amount of mango and pineapple hops. As it warms you get some grapefruit zest, honey and a decent amount of flaky biscuit maltiness.

The taste is slightly different compared to the smell in that it opens with the grapefruit and orange citrus hops along with more notes of caramel maltiness than was apparent in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finish is lightly bitter but balanced enough by the malt backbone.

Overall this was a nice offering to sample on draft but nothing I need to revisit anytime soon. A solid Imperial Red Ale in that the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste and the hops are fairly solid but not overly bitter. Well balanced and would be great anytime of year, with or without food.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 20:08:41 | More by claspada
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-10-2012 09:15:12 | More by Evil_Pidde
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vfgccp

New York

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with lively carbonation. Bone white head pours a finger high.

S - Unique nose. Light, sweet breadiness and water chestnuts.

T - Robust herbal hops open for a nice, soft malt center. Quick, fruity finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full to style.

O - A great brew with nice drinkability at 8.9%

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:24:13 | More by vfgccp
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-04-2013 10:59:26 | More by Cynic-ale
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Appearance - Clear dark amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit and apricot and a touch of cherry. It finishes with a sweet juicy and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - At first I was a little disappointed with the flavours, but as it warmed up a bit in my glass the hops and the sweetness really came out. It's got a nice nectar like flavour that keeps you looking forward to the next sip. Lagunita's is quickly becoming one of my favourite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 15:05:56 | More by spinrsx
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, pours pale amber/copper with a fluffy off-white head that holds good retention and leaves excellent chunky lacing down the glass. Aromas are fruity, grapefruit rind, floral hops, caramely malt, toasted grain. Tastes are juicy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tropical, biscuity, finishes slightly bitter. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, smooth, ample carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed to see they changed Lucky 13 from a red to a blonde, but this beer is exceptional either way! Excellent balance, excellent complexity, fresh and vibrant.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 15:42:44 | More by barnzy78
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-30-2013 02:19:48 | More by Haybeerman
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popery

California

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer from Lagunitas. It’s right in their normal wheelhouse, despite the whole alt angle. Pours bright orange with a dissipating white head. Hops are strong and provide a big citrus and spruce flavor. There’s some light sugary vinous complexity, as well, but I’m not sure where it’s coming from. The beer has a definite sugary, candy cane note with deeper caramel sticking more to the background. The mouthfeel is nice and round. The taste starts sweet with lots of delicate hoppiness and ends with a healthy but relatively gentle bitterness. It’s deceptively easy to drink for the abv, and there’s very little stickiness or booze to it. Once again, Lagunitas has made a strong, hoppy and delicious beer. It might run together a bit with some of their other offerings, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 02:18:41 | More by popery
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-01-2012 01:09:40 | More by whartontallboy
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Brenden

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure about the brewery's claim that this is any sort of "blonde" or whether it's a variation on the original. Why call it "Lucky 13" anything if it's not based on Lucky 13, which is not at all a blonde? That aside, I will say it's a similar color, but it may actually lean a little lighter, sort of an amber-copper. The creamy, frothy and dense head reaches nearly two fingers and fades very slowly. Retention really is excellent, as is the chunky lacing that's left on the glass.
The aroma is strong, quite boozy with some cereal grains before some bready malts kick in. Caramel and a sort of maple-like sweetness give way to citrus zest and resin. The sweetness and bitterness kind of fight each other a little rather than balancing at first, but they get it together.
The flavor, while a bit jumbled, comes together a little better. Citrus and caramel malts play well together, while the ethanolic hit sits just at a tolerable level. Toffee and some dark fruits come into the finish, while some zest and pith are brought in from the hops.
The body is medium with a certain thickness and it's a tad clunky, maybe a little slick and somewhat lacking finesse. I think Lagunitas was looking for the "beer is good because it's strong" people. Overall, though, it's better than a lot out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 20:13:57 | More by Brenden
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Orange-amber color. I wasn;t sure what to expect since the label had "alt" on it but this was no German beer by any means. It smelled hoppy and tasted like a hoppy strong ale. Overall it wasn't great but it wasn't bad. A very good value for $4 and about what I'd expect. I think I liked the regular lucky 13 more.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 03:09:53 | More by ArrogantB
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-16-2013 01:04:25 | More by pathman
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FosterJM

California

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

636th Review on BA
Bottle to strange
22oz

App- A very dark yellow with a lot of bubbles and cascades to a one finger head. A few lines of cling and some leg.

Smell- Big aromatics of lemon, grass and malts. Has a sweetness with the malt and citrus. Throw in a little hops too.

Taste- I have to preface by saying Ive never had an alt bier. Quite malty and lush with big tropical fruits which dont follow the lemony nose. Was good and hits the spot

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium cabonated with a trailing fruit flavor.

Drink- I saw it and bought it and was glad I did. Its a new style which seems very close to a DIPA. Id love this on tap at some point. Although Ill take a bottle too

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 05:37:27 | More by FosterJM
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-16-2014 01:32:19 | More by KAF
Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.